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Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. “News for working people, by working people.” Our program covers issues in the labor movement locally, nationally, and internationally. The program also addresses issues of concern to working people such as housing, education, health care, immigrants rights, the environment and U.S. foreign policy, from a working class viewpoint. Labor Express Radio airs Sunday nights at 8:00 PM  (CST) and Monday mornings at 11:00 AM (CST) on Lumpenradio, WLPN, 105.5 FM in Chicago. The program is streamed live at lumpenradio.com. More information about the program can be found at facebook.laborexpress.org

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This is the full 4-22-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This episode features an interview with Ken Barger, Director of Communications for FLOC (Farm Labor Organizing Committee) about the murder of FLOC organizer Santiago Rafael Cruz in Monterrey Mexico. It also includes an episode of Tom Herriman’s Shift Break on American Federation of Musicians Local 1000. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by...
Topics: labor, Chicago, justice, workers, unions, rights, work, movement, FLOC, farm workers, Tom Herriman,...
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Ai-Jen Poo of Domestic Workers United (DWU) announces the creation of a national coalition of domestic worker’s organizations at the USSF. This is one of the most powerful labor speeches I have ever heard. Ai-Jen talks about the domestic workers movement as providing new spirit and direction to the entire working class movement. DWU and the other domestic worker organizations represent some of the best labor organizing going on today.
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This is the full 1-7-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Our first program of 2007, the episode takes a look at the top labor news stories of 2006. This is part 2 of a end of the year news review. Part 1 aired 12-31-06. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday night at 7:00 PM on Chicago's independent community radio station, WLUW.
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, immigrant, elections, CIW, rights, miners
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This is the full 12-31-06 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Our New Years Eve, 2006 episode takes a look at the top labor news stories of the past year. This is part 1 of a end of the year news review. Part 2 airs 1-7-07. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday night at 7:00 PM on Chicago's indepedent community radio station, WLUW.
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, immigrant, elections, CIW, rights
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This is the full 2-11-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This episode focuses on the role of organized labor in Chicago's 2007 Aldermanic elections. Features interviews with Jerry Morrison, Executive Director of SEIU's Illinois State Council and Leroy Jones Jr., SEIU Local 73 City Division Director and candidate for alderman in the 21st Ward on Chicago's South Side. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by working...
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, elections, Alderman, SEIU
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This is the full 5-6-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Our post May Day 2007 episode, the bulk of the program involves interviews with participants in this year’s march and rally for immigrant workers rights in which hundreds of thousands participated. Also includes an interview with Chicago Teacher’s Union Activist Jackson Potter about a new documentary on Renaissance 2010, the plan by the Chicago Board of Education to privatize a large number of Chicago’s public schools....
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, rights, work, movement, CTU, teachers, Ren 2010,...
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This is the full 4-29-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we cover a controversial ICE (immigration) raid in the Mexican neighborhood of La Villita on Chicago South-West Side, in which agents invaded a busy strip mall with automatic rifles and detained over a hundred Latino shoppers. The episode also includes a speech given in Chicago by labor journalist and activist David Bacon about the relationship between free trade and immigration. Labor Express Radio is...
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, rights, work, movement, immigration, immigrants, Mexican,...
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This is the full 4-8-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we hear from Cruz Salucio of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers about the McDonald’s campaign of the CIW in preparation for major actions against McDonald’s planned for April 13th & 14th in Chicago. We also have an episode of Tom Herriman’s Shift Break on the efforts to organize Starbucks workers. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs program. News for...
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, rights, work, movement, CIW, farm workers
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Greg Shotwell is a GM worker, a member of Local 1753 of the UAW, and a leader in the Soldiers of Solidarity (SOS) organization within the UAW. SOS seeks to end the concessionary cooperation with management that typifies the UAW leadership in recent years and to stem the decline of wages, working conditions and benefits for auto workers by pushing for a militant fight back strategy against the boss. In this interview, Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio talks with Shotwell about the 2007...
Topics: labor, union, worker, UAW, United Auto Workers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto, labor express, justice,...
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This is the full 6-5-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio will be devoted entirely to a conversation I had earlier today with long time labor activist, author and fellow Pilsen resident Joe Allen.  Joe’s most recent book, The Package King: A Rank and File History of United Parcel Service, is a look at the history of one of America’s most well known companies from the pointview of it workers.  The book is curently available as an ebook...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Joe Allen, UPS, Teamsters
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IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) organizers, Alex van Schaick & Daniel Gross talk about the efforts of the IWW to organize warehouse workers in New York City. The IWW has assisted immigrant latino and asian workers in 8 New York warehouses to fight for better wages, improved working conditions and worker's power on the shop floor. Topics discussed include the unique organizing strategies of the IWW and it's relationship to new forms of worker organizing like worker centers.
Topics: IWW, Industrial Workers of the World, labor, labor express, justice, new york, immigrant, latino,...
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Jerry Tucker is a former director of Region 5 of the United Auto Workers union (UAW), former International Executive Board member, and was one of the leaders of the New Directions reform movement in the UAW. He is the co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. In this interview, Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio talks with Tucker about the 2007 contract negotiations between the UAW, GM, Chrysler & Ford. Tucker is very critical of the concessionary contracts negotiated by the current...
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This is the full 9-18-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, two major events are fast approaching.  This first is the likelihood of a Chicago Teachers Strike sometime in the next couple months.  We will hear from CTU organizing director Norine Gutekanst about why a strike might be necessary and how the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is preparing its members for a strike, including participating in a national day of action in defense of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, strike, public education,...
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Alexis De Simone with Casa of Maryland, one of the organizations involved in organizing domestic workers, talks about their work and the decision at the USSF to form a national coalition of domestic worker organizations. The national gathering of domestic workers organizations at the USSF was one of the highlights of the forum, and perhaps the most important labor movement development at the forum.
Topics: labor, ussf, united states social forum, domestic workers united, worker, rights, labor express,...
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This is the full 4-15-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The CIW (Coalition of Immokalee Workers) win their campaign against the McDonald’s corporation, when McDonald’s concedes to all the farm workers demands. I interview CIW member Gerardo Reyes about this victory. The program also includes live in-studio interviews with Jason Wallach who works with unions in El Salvador, and Benjamin Dangl, author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia. Labor...
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, rights, work, movement, CIW, farm workers, McDonald’s,...
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Ron Gettelfinger, President of the United Auto Workers union (UAW), discusses at a press conference on Monday, Sept. 24th, 2007, why they choose to go on strike against GM. Orginal source of the audio is the UAW website... www.uaw.org
Topics: UAW, strike, auto, workers, GM, Ron Gettelfinger, labor express
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This is the full 7-1-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear about a group of labor activists, from a variety of organizations including SEIU, Arise Chicago workers center, Chicago Jobs with Justice, Workers United, UE and United Students Against Sweatshops, who gathered at three area Wal-Mart and Gap stores on Saturday to demand these companies sign on to the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh,...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Bangladesh, Rana Plaza, Wal-Mart, GAP
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This is the full 11-25-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 1 of our focus on the Chicago Committee Against No Match Letters and the ICE Raid Rapid Response Network. In this episode, Mark Meinster of the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) talks about the 1-888-Dignidad hotline and their strategy to fight the use of no-match letters by employers to intimidate immigrant workers.
Topics: UE, United Electrical Workers, Mark Meinster, labor, union, worker, rights, justice, organizing,...
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UE organizer Leah Fried discusses the decision of the workers at Republic Windows and Doors, members of UE Local 1110, to occupy their factory. The workers are demanding that the owners of the plant, which was official closed Friday morning pay them a severance mandated by law.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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Negotiations between the UE, the management of Republic Windows & Doors and Bank of America ended without a resolution on Day 4 of the workers occupation. Mark Meinster, International Representative for UE talks about the state of the struggle to win the Republic their just due.
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Melvin Maclin, Vice-President of UE Local 1110 and Lalo Munoz, a 34 year employee of Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago discuss what lead them to occupy their factory as they seek justice from a company that is closing it's doors without giving the notice mandated by law.
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This is the full 10-21-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight's program is a rare live in-studio episode, featuring an interview with Joe Allen, author of The Package King: A Rank and File History of United Parcel Service .  I discuss with Joe the recent betrayal of the Teamsters members who work for UPS by the Hoffa leadership.  The Teamsters have been in negotiations with UPS over a new 5 year contract for the past several months. UPS is demanding major concessions,...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Teamsters, UPS, logistics, Joe Allen
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This is the full 12-9-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 2 of our focus on the Chicago Committee Against No Match Letters and the ICE Raid Rapid Response Network. In this episode, Tim Bell of the Chicago Workers Collaborative talks about the no-match crisis and efforts to make Chicago a no-match letter, ICE raid free zone. Also, Emmanuel Castro talks about his struggle against no-match firings at Utility Concrete Products in Morris IL., and the initial reluctance of his union,...
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This is the full 3-26-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express yet another charter school network is being organized by ChiActs, the union representing teachers at Chicago’s charter schools.  We have reported in our last few programs on the contract victories at the ASPIRA and UCSN networks.  Now teachers at the Noble network, one of the largest networks of charter schools in the city, have gone public with their effort to organize at Noble....
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Noble, charter schools
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This is the full 11-9-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Labor Express remembers the life and Times of Studs Terkel with historian Al Stein. Studs Terkel, author, actor, historian, activist, radio personality and a Chicago institution, passed away on October 31st. Al Stein is an oral historian, labor archivist and the creator of the video documentary⦠ROCKING THE BOAT: STUDS TERKEL'S 20TH CENTURY. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current...
Topics: Studs Terkel, Al Stein, labor, chicago, workers
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Carl Rosen, President of the Western Region of the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) talks at Chicago City Hall press conference on the ongoing occupation of Republic Windows and Doors by it's workers. He announces that the union is seeking a means to keep the factory in operation under new management.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 10-14-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode Gregg Shotwell - GM worker, member of Local 1753 of the UAW, and a leader in the Soldiers of Solidarity (SOS)- and Jerry Tucker - former director of Region 5 of the United Auto Workers union (UAW) and co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal, critique the new contracts between the UAW, and the big three U.S. auto companies. Both see the new contracts as a disaster for the industrial working class in the...
Topics: labor, union, worker, UAW, United Auto Workers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto, labor express, justice,...
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This is the full 4-7-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) strike enters its second month with negotiations over a new contract at an impasse.  The musicians union is doing what it can, however, to make the best of a bad situation by providing free concerts to Chicagoans across the city. It is a way for the union to thank Chicago residents for their continued solidarity while also reaching working-class...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO, musicians, UIC...
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This is the full 9-6-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. You could call this the back to school episode of Labor Express.  Most public school students start the new school year on Tuesday, but the crisis in Chicago’s public schools continues.  For now, there will be no teachers strike for the next couple months, but the union is considering a strike later in the school year if the Board of Ed continues to push layoffs and concession the union argues are unacceptable.  We will...
Topics: Labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Teachers, Public Schools, Dyett, CAN-TV
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This is the full 3-3-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express we take a look at the ongoing labor battle at UIC, the University of Illinois, Chicago campus.  Two years ago the faculty organized into the University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty (UICUF), American Federation of Teachers (AFT-IFT) Local 6456.  The union was given official recognition in 2012.  But the union has been negotiating with the university for almost two years for a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, UIC, University of Illinois, faculty, UICUF, SEIU, public...
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This is the full 4-28-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Mayday is just a few days away and this looking to be a particularly exciting May Day in Chicago.  Not because there are any mega-marches planned on the scale of those we saw back in 2006 and 2007. No, march and rally planning this year seems to be pretty small scale, even compared to recent years.  But this May Day we celebrate a 6 member socialist caucus in the Chicago City Council which begins its term in office later...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, UIC GEO, University of Illinois Chicago, Graduate...
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This is the full 3-6-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, we turn to an issue I have been anxious to address on Labor Express for some time.  The on-going crisis in Flint michigan in which thousands of residents have been poisoned with lead from contaminated water is one of the most striking and historic examples of environmental injustice.  It is a condemnation of the emergency manager system in Michigan, the current manifestation of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Flint, Michigan, Belt Magazine, PERRO, LVEJO,...
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This is the full 11-20-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express we take a look at the presidential election and ask what happened, why and what can we expect in regards to the impact on working people in the next 4 years.  While much of the mainstream press is rightly lamenting the level of racism, sexism and xenophobia in this country that was revealed by Trump’s victory, few media outlets have focused on a class perspective and analysis of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Donald Trump, election, Hillary Clinton, Jack Rasmus
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Cambria hotel workers still on strike after nearly 11 weeks: On Labor Express Radio we have been reporting on both the Chicago hotel strike and the nationwide Marriott Hotels strikes since they were launched last September.  The good news so far is that all but one of the Chicago hotel strikes has ended with new contracts that meet the union’s key demands. Likewise, the Marriott Hotel strikes in Boston, San Jose and Oakland have ended with contact gains as well.  However, strikes are still...
Topics: Chicago, workers, labor, justice, union, strike, UNITE-HERE, hotel, Cambria, Marnie Goodfriend
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Interview with Socorro Leos of MIRA!(Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance) about the struggles of workers in Pascagoula, MS. post-Katrina, and the conditions faced by guest workers in the shipyards of the Gulf Coast.
Topics: immigrant, workers, labor, justice, katrina, Pascagoula, Mississippi, mira, labor express, gulf...
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This is the full 6-24-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Here on Labor Express we understand that immigrant rights are workers rights and vice versa.  It's impossible to defend workers rights, organize, and advance a working class agenda while a major component of the working class, immigrants, fear for their most basic security, for their very lives and that of their families.  Just as the advance of organized labor in our country in the 19th century absolutely required the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, separation of families, Trump, migrants,...
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This is the full 2-18-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. A few weeks ago, both the US Senate and President Obama put forward proposals for so called, comprehensive immigration reform.  Here in Illinois, a new law was enacted allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a drivers license.  Latinos were disappointed with Obama’s first term, given his broken promise to enact immigration reform.  However, the outcome of the November elections, in which the Latino vote played a major...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants
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This is the full 10-11-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode we turn to an issue that we have neglected for far too long.  On Oct. 5th, it was announced that the 12 negotiating nations had reached agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement or TPP.  In the same week, WikiLeaks released a portion of the secretive trade pact to the public and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reversed herself and declared her opposition to the TPP.  All of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership, free trade, Jack Rasmus,...
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This is the full 12-14-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Republic Windows & Doors workers WIN! Only 6 days after under taking the first factory occupation in the United States since the late 1930’s, the workers at Republic Windows & Doors in Chicago defeat both Republic management and Bank of America, winning the severance package they were due under federal law. The action of the workers at Republic was international news within days of the worker’s decision to occupy...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Republic, Bank of America, bailout, occupation,...
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Jorge Mujica at rally at the Bank of America branch in the Chicago neighborhood of La Villta. Supporters of the workers occupying Republic Windows & Doors held the protest, threatening that members of the Latino community will pull their money out of Bank of America if the company refuses to ensure the Republic workers are paid what they are due under law.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 5-18-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This episode focuses on the presentation at the 2008 Labor Notes Conference, by the New Orleans Worker’s Center for Racial Justice, featuring a number of the Indian migrant workers, employees of Signal International in Mississippi, who endured a form a form debt peonage to this major U.S. marine construction company. The situation of the Signal workers is one of the most powerful indictments of the H2B guest worker program...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, guest worker, immigrant, india, indian, Signal, Gulf Coast, New...
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This is the full 2-10-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. When UAW Local 3520 members at Freightliner, a truck manufacturer in Cleveland North Carolina, resisted company demands that they accept a concessionary contract, UAW International officials attacked their own members rather than support their efforts to combat concessions. The Freightliner 5 are Local 3520 leaders who have had to fight both the company and UAW officialdom in their effort to represent the membership of their...
Topics: freightliner 5, cleveland 5, labor, unions, uaw, united auto workers, workers, concessions, north...
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This is the full 7-22-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. First will hear about Shakita Moore an employee of Jason’s Deli in downtown Chicago who was fired after attempting to file complaints with her management for sexual and racial harassment. Later in the program - Thousands of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) employees are being laid off this summer in the wake of the biggest round of school closings in U.S. history.  We will hear from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, Karen Lewis, Schools, Shakita...
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This is the full 6-24-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear about a new network of labor activist, local unions and local labor councils that has formed in the past year to try to reverse the historic decline in organized labor’s power.  Called the Labor Fightback Network, the new network unites many if not most of the nation’s leading labor militants and union progressives.  The Labor Fightback Network has been issuing a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Fightback Network, AFL-CIO, Alan Benjamin
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This is the full 5-12-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On the last episode of Labor Express Radio, I predicted that May Day 2019 might turn out to be the most exciting May Day in Chicago since the mega-marches of 2006.  And that prediction turned out to be accurate. As forecast, 5 charter schools went out on strike that day across the city. They were joined by the clerical workers at the Chicago City Colleges, members of the Federation of College Clerical and Technical...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, charter schools, Chicago Teachers Union
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This is the full 2-25-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Since the Honduran coup in 2009, the first successful attempt of the right wing to overturn a decade and a half of democratic transformation in Latin America by force, we have been updating you on developments in that country, especially the deteriorating human rights situation.  On today’s program I will air an interview with Honduran LGBT activist Jose Palacios.  The LGBT community has been one of the communities, along...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, public, Pilsen, Little Village, Chicago Public...
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This is the full 4-1-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. In Pilsen, a working class, Mexican immigrant on Chicago’s Southside, Metro Bank has been foreclosing on several apartment buildings and has been attempting to evict the building’s tenants.  But little did Metro Bank know that at least two of their tenants were seasoned activists and members of the IWW (The Industrial Workers of the World).  And like good Wobblies, these tenants didn’t simple mourn the banks attempts to...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, NALACC, Oscar Chacon, IWW, evictions
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Voices from Republic Occupation Victory
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This is the full 12-13-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The last few weeks have been full of important developments for the working people in Chicago.  On December 1st, Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired police chief Garry McCarthy, as the scale of the police cover-up of the murder of Black teen Laquan McDonald became public knowledge.  Now the movement for justice for McDonald, and for racial justice in general, is developing into a movement to demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel and state's...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, racism, police, brutality, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, Anita...
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Final Press Conference Republic Factory Occupation
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Los Angeles 5th grade teacher Charles Stam talks about the successful 6 day strike by LA teachers, members of UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles).  The interview took place on the 6th and final day of the strike at a massive rally in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. Charles discusses a number of things including the widespread public support for the strike and the importance of the strike to the nationwide effort to defend public education against funding cuts, disinvestment and...
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This is the full 11-1-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. There have been several recent cases of police brutality in Chicago that have lead to protests. From the case of Ronald "Ronnie Man" Johnson, who was shot to death by a Chicago Police officer Oct. 12, 2014. The police department has so far refused to release to the public dash cam video of the shooting. To the case of 17 year old LaQuan McDonald, who was shot 16 times, mostly in the back, by a Chicago police...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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This is the full 8-17-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program we will hear about the possible development of an independent labor politics in Chicago.  A surprising poll by the Chicago Tribune last week revealed that Rahm Emanuel may turn out to be a one term mayor and that his replacement may arise out of the labor movement. Than in the second half of the program we'll hear about the annual Labor Day celebration held in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago from...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Rahm Emanuel, Karen Lewis, Jorge Mujica, Tim Meegan,...
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Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), delivers a powerful speech at the 2008 Labor Notes conference.
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This is the full 3-18-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. “The basic system of worker representation is failing to meet the needs of America’s working men and women by every critical measure”, these are the words, not of some outside critic of the U.S. labor movement. That was a quote from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Trumka is speaking about a stark reality. Organized labor is under attack in this country and despite winning a battle here and there over the past few...
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This is the full 4-22-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. April 6th through the 8th, Chicago hosted the 2018 Labor Notes conference.  Labor Notes is a media and organizing project and a network of rank-and-file union members, local union leaders, and labor activists that has been fighting to put the movement back in the labor movement since 1979.  The Labor Notes conference held every two years is the premier event for labor movement activists from around the country to come...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, West Virginia, schools, teachers, CTU, Chicago Teachers...
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This is the full 10-16-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Teachers with the UNO Charter School Network, also known as UCSN, a network of 15 elementary and high schools in Chicago, with a combined student body of 8,000, could go on strike as early as next Wednesday, if a breakthrough in negotiations can’t be achieved.  The teachers at UNO are represented by ACTS Chicago, the union for charter school teachers in Chicago, which has made great strides organizing charter schools...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, strike, public education,...
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This is the full 5-6-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. I hope all of our listeners had a celebratory and energizing May Day this year.  We are going to need that renewed energy as the working class is facing some very difficult battles on the horizon.  Today’s program being the first since this years May Day which was of course last Tuesday, we will feature audio captured from around the country on May 1st.  Like the weather and unlike the time clock we will start once again...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, May Day, May 1st, International...
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This is the full 10-7-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program I will air an interview I conducted by phone last June with economist Dr. Jack Rasmus about the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI).  Dr. Rasmus and I discuss why there has been a great deal of discussion of this idea as of late and particularly why it seems popular with billionaire CEOs in the tech world and other new emerging industries in our economy.  Is UBI an answer to the rise of automation...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, universal basic income, UBI, automation, Jack Rasmus
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This is the full 12-7-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express Radio, the workers of Republic Windows & Doors, a custom-crafted vinyl replacement window factory, were informed last Tuesday that as of 10 AM Friday morning, the factory would close down for good. The workers members of UE Local 1110, immediately contacted their union reps and began to organize a response. In particular, the workers were angered by the companyâs claims that they could not...
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This is the full 11-30-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Curly Cohen of Affordable Power to the People talks about the 100,000 households in Illinois whose home heating has been cut off because they canât afford their utility bills. Alan Benjamin, Executive Committee member of the San Francisco Labor Council, who supported Cynthia McKinney in the recently past Presidential election, discuss the meaning of Barack Obamaâs victory for working people in the United States. And Frank...
Topics: UAW, autoworkers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto industry, utilities, home heating, Curly Cohen,...
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This is the full 9-16-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express we hear from hotel workers, members of UNITE-HERE Local 1, who are on strike across Chicago at the moment.  On September 7th, a week after the expiration of the union’s contracts at dozens of Chicago area hotels, UNITE-HERE launched a strike that affects some 26 hotels in the city and involves some 6,000 workers.  It is I believe the largest strike in Chicago, since the teachers strike in...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, UNITE-HERE, hotel workers
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This is the full 12-27-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. As this is our final program of 2015, our next episode will be in the new year, I thought we would devote tonight’s program to a retrospective.  Tonight we will be highlighting the most significant labor news we covered here on Labor Express Radio in the past year.  Since we only have the hour we can’t possible cover all the most important developments in labor news in 2015, so we will be narrowing things down a bit....
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, racism, police, brutality, workers center, Warehouse...
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This is the full 7-3-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio will be devoted to an interview by phone with economist, Dr. Jack Rasmus, a professor of economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in California, and author of numerous books, the latest of which is entitled, Systemic Fragility' in the Global Economy , he is also a regular contributor to several magazines, journals and online news sources.  One of his most recent articles for...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Brexit, Jack Rasmus, economics, neoliberalism, elections,...
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This is the full 1-24-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. In the last few weeks fear in the undocumented immigrant community in the U.S. has reached new heights, as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) the agency known for many years as the INS, has launched a new series of immigration raids around the country, landing dozens of young single mothers and their children in deportation proceedings.  These new raids are targeting recent Central Americans immigrants whose asylum...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, immigration, ICE, raids, Supreme Court,...
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This is the full 9-2-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will air audio from several great new Labor Beat TV videos.  Labor Beat, our sister TV program on cable access TV here in Chicago continues to produce great pieces covering the labor scene in our City. First up we will hear from members of the newly formed Chicago Students Union.  Later we will hear from attendees at the 2013 Convention of the IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, UE, IVAW, Detroit, Chicago Students Union
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This is the full 11-23-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Labor Express reflects on the meaning of President Elect Barack Obamaâs election victory for the labor movement with Chicago Jobs With Justice Executive Director James Thindwa. A long time labor activist and community organizer in Chicago - especially in poor, African-American working class communities on Chicagoâs Southside - who is also an African immigrant, Thindwa offers a unique perspective on what Obamaâs election...
Topics: Barack Obama, James Thindwa, labor, workers, Chicago, justice, Jobs With Justice, unions, labor...
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This is the full 3-25-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On the last several programs of Labor Express Radio, I have spent much of the episode discussing the likely outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees.  Most observers expect the conservative leaning court will agree with Janus and his corporate supporters and eliminate the ability of public sector unions to collect what are called agency fees or fair share...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, West Virginia, schools, teachers, CTU, Chicago Teachers...
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This is the full 11-11-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. At the end of every episode of Labor Express Radio I refer to Chicago as the world capital of the labor movement.  The statement is of course hyperbole, generated out of a deep sense of Chicago pride. In reality of course the labor movement has no real capital, no real center, it is international and the frontlines of its battles are always shifting.  But there is a kernel of truth to my exaggeration in that Chicago has,...
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This is the full 1-10-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Happy 2016 to all our listeners.  I thought I would try to kick the new year off with some hopeful news and perhaps a preview of what is likely to come in 2016. First we have news of a sadly rare event in labor news, a successful NLRB union election.  Dock workers at a Sears location in Chicago Ridge voted to become members of UFCW Local 881 in late November and are now negotiating over their first contract. 2016 is of...
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This is the full 3-11-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. However, a 20 minute portion of the program had to be removed at the legal request of one of the conference participants. We apologize for the inconvenience. “The basic system of worker representation is failing to meet the needs of America’s working men and women by every critical measure”, these are the words, not of some outside critic of the U.S. labor movement. That was a quote from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka....
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